Category Archives: Home Staging

This category will feature great ideas for making your home look great when you are selling it. It will give furniture editing advice, styling ideas and other secret strategies that help sell a home fast…and for more money

Reviving Brown Cabinetry with Paint

painted white laundry room cabinets

A Beautiful White Laundry Room…goes from Dark Brown to White   I recently helped a client revamp her Laundry Room. Her dark brown cabinets were getting her down and she needed a change. White cabinetry was the answer – Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint was the tool. It’s so important to make our more utilitarian spaces look beautiful and fun to be in. Most of us forget that (me included). When a room we … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Home Fast: A List of Do’s and Don’ts

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If you are going to sell your home this season, it’s a great idea to make your home look as beautiful, stylish and organized as possible. If you want to sell your home fast and for more profit, here are some top tips from me… Look at the competing homes in your area to see how you “stack up.” Are the homes that are selling in your area updated? Granite countertops and new cabinets? All … Continue reading

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Home Staging: Elmont NY Home Sells Even Before the Open House

a staged Master Bedroom on Long Island (Elmont NY)

We staged this unfurnished home for a real estate investor that we had worked with before – and the home sold even before there was a public Open House. Here are some of the before pictures.   When staging a home for sale, I feel it’s very important to give a potential buyer a glimpse into what his or her life will be like if they buy the house. Giving the home (even very modest … Continue reading

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Sold in 2 weeks: A Successful Staging on Long Island

staging a living room to sell on Long Island

We staged this vacant home in Dix Hills in mid October of this year and it sold before the month was through.

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Vacant Home Staging in Long Beach NY

blue bottles and beachglass tablescape

  I was so happy to hear from Dan Adams of Real Living Innovations Realty in Wantagh, NY. Dan hired me several times when I was a fairly new home stylist, so I give him credit for helping to jumpstart my business. The first vacant property I staged for him sold in 1 day for list price! This was back when my inventory consisted of a cream love seat, a sofa, 2 faux TVs, some … Continue reading

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Painting Upholstery: A Tutorial on How to Use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Fabric

old damask loveseat after Annie Sloan Chalk Painting

How to Paint on Fabric to Transform Upholstery I had to give this a try…been reading about it so much on different blogs. I watched Annie Sloan’s YouTube video on the subject, read some other tutorials as well (11 Magnolia Lane  ) and I just decided that I would just jump in and see what happens to a loveseat that I had purchased a few years ago that had seen better days.   Of course, I … Continue reading

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Embossed Plaster Art for a Home Staging Project

metallic plaster art with overlay glaze

For a home staging assignment two weeks ago, I had to create some artwork for the property. Yes – I could have used some that I had on hand…but nothing was quite right.  The investors wanted the home to be a bit more contemporary than what I usually do – and I didn’t have anything that would work in a contemporary setting, artwork-wise. So, I decided to create my own. I did several pieces for … Continue reading

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A Successful Home Staging Project

staged master bath in a 3.5 million home

Something I don’t talk about quite so often on the blog is some of my Home Staging work.  I thought I’d show you a project I did a little while back that was very successful.  It was a $3.5 million house that was sold in 3 weeks.  The property sat for nearly 2 years vacant and unsold until I put some furnishings in it.  Some of these items were painted by myself and my crew…and … Continue reading

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Revamping an Old Chair for a New Purpose

a rocking chair finished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

This week I was asked to stage a vacant home in Malverne NY.  It’s a lovely Dutch Colonial that has a great, homey feel to it.  When I looked at the home for the first time, I jotted down my ideas for which furnishings to bring to make this house feel even more like a home.  I usually know pretty quickly – but I knew that I might be missing one or two things that … Continue reading

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Using Art as a Starting Point for Choosing a Color Palette for Your Rooms

art as decorating inspiration

I love to use artwork to inform a color scheme in rooms that I am working on. Artists use and combine colors in such unique and beautiful ways…so it’s virtually foolproof letting a great piece of art be your guide to a beautiful color plan.  Artist, Kathe Frage Via This beautiful piece, available on canvas or paper, is very modestly priced and it can be the inspiration for a sweet room.  You could frame it … Continue reading

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